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April 29, 2010

Is a Putter Worth the Cost of a Driver?

Good question, but think about this: We'll pay big bucks for a driver that we use once per hole (maybe) to get us in trouble (sometimes). But we pause about an expensive putter--even though it's used twice a hole to get us out of trouble on the scorecard.

Anyway, we tried the rather pricey SeeMore m7 putter. It's superbly crafted from the best materials, which affects cost. But how does it perform?

  • We like the feedback provided by the trademark red dot. If your stroke is correct, the shaft should hide the dot during setup and throughout your stroke. Hiding the red dot improves accuracy (see videos) because it prevents blocking or pulling of putts.
  • A unique tinted area on the bottom of the shaft reduces reflection off the shaft (and looks cool).
Check out SeeMore's engraved gifts and the "Pat O'Brien on Putting" DVD.

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April 28, 2010

Golf, Eat, Sleep and Repeat--Guess Where?

This area of the country has its priorities absolutely right: golf, eat, shop, sleep--and repeat. We'd wager that if we asked Club members to name this Shangri-La, most would guess Myrtle Beach. Kind of a no-brainer, actually, because this has long been the ultimate go-to destination for golfers.

To Myrtle Beach's credit, they make it easy to go there because of "Say what?" offers. Like the Dream Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation, which includes a feature that we’ve not seen in a stay-and-play package. The deal:

  • Four nights accommodations for two at your choice of resorts
  • Four rounds of golf, including at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Barefoot (Dye, Fazio, Norman, or Love), Pine Lakes and King's North
  • The kicker: a Callaway Diablo Edge driver, courtesy of Golf Dimensions

You can enjoy this package for free. Just enter the sweepstakes and it could be your lucky day.

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April 27, 2010

Clip-on Shades That Fuddy-Duddies Don't Wear!

Fuddy-duddies (we're told) prefer eyewear that's ... the kindest description is functional. It's an accident if the glasses or sunglasses are also fashionable; fudds don't do fashion.

Therefore, fuddy-duddy golfers won't be tempted by this Rx adapter from Tifosi Optics. The Rx adapter fits behind the wrap-around lenses of Tifosi's Roubaix sunglasses. Replace the adapter's lenses with prescription lenses, and you get good vision for golf to go with some serious stylin' on the course.

Back to function. The adapter's curve matches that of the Roubaix sunglasses. The curve blocks wind and helps vision while looking at the ball on your backswing and peeking at the hole before putting.

The Roubaix also has interchangeable lenses. The GT (golf/tennis) lens is dark green, for full sun; the EC (extreme contrast) is plum-colored, for filtering blue light and reading greens; and the AC Red is light red and ideal for overcast conditions.

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April 26, 2010

Dude, We Dare You to Wear These Golf Shoes!

We took that dare and we're glad, mostly. Granted, these shoes stray from golf's rather straight-laced image for footwear. Come to think of it, these Dawgs Men's Golf Spirit shoes don't have laces at all, just a Velcro strap for snugging up the fit.

That's only one difference. Dawgs are also:

  • Lightweight, weighing only 7 ounces for men's size 9.
  • Cool (sort of). It's a Star Trek style that you either like or not. We did. The holes provide ventilation, which is needed because the rubber/EVA material makes your feet sweat.
  • Comfortable (sort of). Rows of raised dots line the foot bed and massage your soles. The rubber has plenty of support and "give," but it rubs if you go barefoot (Fred Couples). Also, you can slightly detect the nine rubber spikes through the flexible sole.
Bottom line: Fun, $50 shoes for cart golf--but Dawgs for walking 18 would be iffy.

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April 22, 2010

Huge Blast, A-Rod! Here's Your Driver!

Callaway Golf Company is getting into America's pastime.

Callaway is giving Major League Baseball's top sluggers a major incentive to go deep. Throughout this season, Callaway will provide a set of its new Diablo Edge golf clubs to MLB players who hit homers more than 470 feet.

According to Hit Tracker, which collects data on every long ball, there were 10 such home runs in 2009; 27 more traveled 460 to 469 feet.

"Driving the ball longer than anyone during competition takes talent and a bold approach that we want to reward," says Callaway's Jeff Colton. "Ballplayers that embody the attitude and skill to drive a ball 470 feet and longer are exactly the type that would want to play our Diablo Edge clubs--which are perfect for anyone looking to blast the ball longer and straighter."

Video: Watch Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett's big drive.

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April 20, 2010

Wanna Break 80? Play These Courses

Are you tired of all those snowmen dotting your scorecard? Do you want to tune up your iron game and have some family fun? Here's a variety of superb par-3 layouts guaranteed to provide challenge, beauty and, again, plain old fun:

Threetops at Treetops Resort (Gaylord, Michigan). Opened in 1992, this tree-laden gem with elevated tees and greens designed by Rick Smith consistently ranks as the top par-3 course in America.

Robert Trent Jones Trail (Alabama). Most Trail golf complexes have a par-3 or short course offering. Sites include Mobile, Birmingham, Huntsville, Greenville, Opelika, Dothan, Hoover, Point Clear, Anniston/Gadsen and Muscle Shoals. Symbolic of Trail quality is the Magnolia Grove par-3 course, which has forced carries over marsh to sloped, bulk-headed greens.

Palm Beach Par-3 Golf Course (Palm Beach, Florida). With panoramas of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, this Raymond Floyd design has elevations and undulations typical of championship layouts.

April 15, 2010

Golf Video: Elk Fight on the 9th Hole

So what would be a good caption for this 21-second video of bull elk fighting on a golf course? Let's see, how about:

"YOU ask them if we can play through!"

"So that's why they named this course The Elks Club."

"Slow play because of this? That's bull, man!"

The video doesn't identify the real golf course, but it's apparent that elk--and golfers--like the open stage of a fairway to show off their best stuff. Watch this video of elk bugling on a golf course in Banff Springs, Alberta.

April 13, 2010

Golf Inns: Where Everyone Knows Your Name

High-volume golf resorts swamped with business-meeting attendees, all wearing plastic nametags. Been there, done that?

Now, imagine a golf resort where everyone knows your name. It's called a golf inn, which has the ambiance of a luxury bed and breakfast, with upscale amenities like championship golf courses, spas and gourmet dining. Here are three:

Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, Virginia)--In the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, this spectacular, elegantly appointed mansion is in Virginia's wine country. Its Arnold Palmer Signature course, dotted with ancient oaks, offers stunning mountain views.

Magnolia Inn (Pinehurst Village, North Carolina)--Surrounded by longleaf pines and magnolias, this 110-year-old inn has access to 45 Pinehurst-area golf courses.

WaterColor Inn & Resort (WaterColor, Florida)--The inn (pictured) is in the rolling dunes on the Gulf of Mexico near Destin. It offers access to three courses designed by Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Davis Love III. Airfare - Choose your EXACT flight & time!

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April 12, 2010

It Ain't Heavy, It's My Putter

Boccieri Golf is into some heavy stuff, man. Like Heavy Putters that are weightier than normal, with the extra grams in the butt of the shaft, not the clubhead.

Evolutionary concept, we believe, because it has advanced us to a higher form of putting species. It's Draino City, and this P3-M is our favorite (at least lately; we, like all golfers, are fickle). Here's why:

  1. The higher center of gravity and extra weight make the wrists more passive; the heavier mass engages the body's larger, stable muscles. The net effect is nervous hands are taken out of play; you relax and let the weighted putter and pendulum stroke do the work.
  2. Stephen Boccieri, the inventor, said at the PGA Merchandise Show that of 31 heavyweight, mid-weight and lightweight Boccieri putters, the mid-weight P3-M was his favorite. He should know.
  3. The cost, at $120, is reasonable.

Check out Heavy Putter online fitting.

April 08, 2010

Masters Food Is Surprisingly Affordable

Call it "going low at the Masters"--except we're talking concession prices. No $6 beers and $5 hot dogs; indeed, concession prices amazingly seem the same as when Slammin' Sammy Snead was teeing it up at Augusta National in the 1960s. Examples:

  • $1.50 for barbeque sandwich
  • $1.50 for a pimiento cheese sandwich
  • $2.50 for a "Masters Club"
  • $2 for a regular or light beer
  • $1 for a bag of peanuts
Other succulent Masters sandwiches include egg salad, chicken breast, ham & cheese on rye, tuna salad and turkey--all $1.50.

Back to the pimiento cheese sandwich: It is to the Masters what hot dogs are to baseball. Made from pimento cheese, white bread and mayonnaise (official recipe is hush-hush), it's a creamy spread spiked with paprika or possibly Tabasco sauce. One bite and you'll get why the Masters is the world's best sports event.

10 Masters traditions.

April 06, 2010

The Masters: 6 Surprising Facts

You watch the Masters on TV year after year, but when you actually attend Augusta's events, you may be surprised by:

  1. Free parking on the grounds
  2. Practice rounds are more fun, as players and caddies yuck it up and pose for pix with fans (not so come Thursday)
  3. Wednesday's par-3 tournament is on a 9-hole par-3 course that's separate from the championship course
  4. Spectators can't stand behind the 13th tee; access is only from the 12th green, which is off-limits to fans
  5. The course is only open to members for half the year
  6. There's no rough, just a first cut mowed to 1-1 1/4 inches; we speculate that if there were a U.S. Open-type rough, no one would break 80

Nicklaus and Palmer are 2010 Honorary Starters.

April 05, 2010

Augusta National Changes for 2010 Masters

Security will always guard the players' loo--that won't change--and the green-jacketed powers at the Augusta National Golf Club have refrained from making major changes to their beloved former peach orchard. But there are minor changes for the 2010 Masters, such as to the:

  • 2nd hole green, widened by eight feet
  • Tee boxes on the 5th and 13th, which have been lengthened

The new grooves rule, imposed this year by the USGA, will be scrutinized at Augusta. The rule banning square grooves seems to have had little impact on the PGA Tour this season. Augusta has a short rough, so the incidence of flyers may be reduced.

"If greens are hard, you'll see all shots hit and then release and roll regardless if they're hit from the fairway or rough," says Tom Wishon of Tom Wishon Golf (club makers). "If greens are wet, players will stop balls from anywhere regardless of the grooves."

Video: Common man's tour of Wednesday at the Masters.

April 01, 2010

Nicklaus, Palmer Are Masters Starters

Next Thursday, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer will tee off at the first hole at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the opening round of the 2010 Masters. Honorary starters have been a Masters custom since 1963, when Jock Hutchison (1963-73) and Fred McLeod (1963-76) performed the ceremonial duties. Other honorary starters have been Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi and Sam Snead.

Palmer has been an honorary starter since 2007, but this year will be the first for Nicklaus, a six-time winner of the green jacket.

The Nicklaus-Palmer pairing will draw attention from the patrons at Augusta and the players. “That's great," says reigning British Open Champion, Stewart Cink. “I think that just crystallizes their relationship and their careers. I don't think they were the best of friends, but they were also really close especially at the end. They understood each other and their importance in the game."

Jack talks about being an honorary starter and about turning 70.

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